England 'stood up to be counted', says Southgate

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

The goal struck a nerve on the Scots and they came out guns blazing in search of an equaliser.

"The first free-kick is careless, the second free-kick is a slip, so I'm not sure there's a lot we could have done about that".

"I should be absolutely delighted with two goals and man of the match, walking in here with three points".

Griffiths said: "It was a tough ask to get back into the game from 1-0 down but we showed what we are about, great resilience but you can't switch off".

For Kane, captaining England for the first time, the experience was one to remember. "It was probably the tallest wall you could put up in European football today and he went round the side, over the top, he is a good character, a wonderful character, odd but wonderful", he said of the Celtic forward. They stuck their chests out, held their heads up, walked back to the centre circle and said "Let's get something from this".

"However the objective is to qualify and we still sit top of the group".

"We should have been further ahead - if you don't get the second goal, you run the risk of an equaliser at some point. It is about standing up and being counted and we did that today", he told reporters.

"It's hard to sit here and say it's a good point given the manner in which the game went in the last minutes, but we'll take the point against England".

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Such lofty ambitions means all decisions have been made with the World Cup in Russian Federation in mind, even if Saturday's 2-2 draw at Scotland saw their lead at the top of Group F cut to just two points.

Lallana squandered a chance to extend England's lead when he headed over and the visitors were punished in the 87th minute as Celtic striker Griffiths sent a free-kick arcing over the wall and inside the right-hand post.

"But we are identifying those areas and we'll keep working on it".

Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane has stated a desire to take the England captaincy off Wayne Rooney going forward, having worn the armband for the first time against Scotland on Saturday evening. "Probably could have been defended a bit better, I haven't seen it again, to be honest", Berra told the BBC.

"I might look back, at the moment that would have been the best one because of the difference of players and the standard we play - it's the biggest gap I've seen". "He talked to me".

"Ultimately it's not three points, but could be a massive point in the end".

"To go behind 2-1 out of the blue like that, I think we didn't control the game or put it away". In the marines, they are life and death situations and we took as much as we could from the game and stood up to be counted. Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Marcus Rashford, 65) 7, Raheem Sterling (on for Dele Alli, 83) 7, Jermaine Defoe (on for Jake Livermore) 6.

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